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Tuesday 25th October 2016

Blood clot deaths avoidable

18th May 2007

A leading health expert has claimed that up to 25,000 patients a year may have died while hospitals waited for advice on blood clots.

The claim comes from Professor David Fitzmaurice at the University of Birmingham, who was also critical of guidance on the subject issued by the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).

Blood clots are a major cause of death of patients staying in hospital. However, NICE said its guidance, which was the product of the most comprehensive ‚Äúsystematic review‚Ä? and analysis carried out so far on the issue, could not have been in place any quicker.


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